Suffering an on-the-job injury or getting sick because of work can cause you to experience significant health issues. While you should be focused on recovery, the last thing you need is to worry about your financial situation as you attempt to get better.
Unfortunately, many work injuries prevent you from doing your job, sometimes for days, weeks, or months on end. While being unable to work is frustrating and scary, the good news is that workers’ compensation provides you with protection in these situations by ensuring you are able to obtain lost wages benefits after getting hurt at work.
While lost wage benefits can help to keep your family afloat after you’ve suffered a work-related injury, sometimes obtaining these benefits can be complicated. The Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner is here to make the process easier. We can advocate for you and guide you through the process of making a workers’ compensation claim to get the benefits you deserve.
We can also help you to maximize your lost wages benefits and get the money you need to provide for yourself and your loved ones as you work to get better after being hurt on-the-job.
You should be entitled to benefits for lost wages if you can prove that a work-related injury is causing you to be unable to work. If you are sick because of work – like when an illness develops as a result of toxic exposure on the job – recovering benefits for lost wages is also possible and is important to ensure you don’t experience financial hardship.
To ensure you are able to obtain lost wages benefits, you need to provide notice of your work-related injury to your employer as soon as possible and need to get medical care so you can be officially diagnosed with a work-related condition that prevents you from doing your job. When you make a successful workers’ compensation claim, these benefits should be paid out to you in circumstances where working is temporarily impossible due to your injury or illness.
Workers are also entitled to permanent partial or total disability benefits in circumstances where a work-related injury will cause a long-term or permanent absence from work or will cause a decline in a workers’ earning abilities.
Unfortunately, even when you do everything right, you may still face challenges obtaining benefits for lost wages from a workers’ compensation insurer.
A number of problems can arise that prevent you from getting the benefits you deserve. In a worst-case scenario, your workers’ compensation claim could be denied – which would also mean your ability to get medical coverage is affected. The workers’ compensation insurer could also dispute the amounts used to calculate your lost wages or could try to push you to return to work quickly before you are ready to do so in order to avoid paying you a substantial amount of lost wages benefits while you are out of work during the recovery process.
While workers’ compensation insurers do not always make it easy to get your lost wages benefits, the law protects you and ensures you are entitled to get the money you deserve when you must miss work because of an injury. The key is to talk with an attorney and get an advocate on your side to help you fight for your rights.
A workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner can provide the personalized help and support you need to make a claim for benefits and fight for lost wages compensation when you must miss work due to a work injury. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you.